Motor Sports Report: Two first place finishes for NC racers
Victory lane at Placerville Speedway had a decidedly western Nevada County flair Saturday, as two local drivers brought home first-place finishes.
In the Pure Stock division, former track champion Mike McClure of Nevada City made his third appearance of the year. McClure didn’t waste any time getting right into the thick of things. He placed third in his heat, which placed him in the front row for the main event.
For the main event, McClure took the lead at the green flag and never trailed again, maintaining first place all the way through to the checkered flag. The win followed up McClure’s third place finish the previous week.
Ryan Stanley of Nevada City, in just the second race of his rookie season, pulled off his first career win in his heat race of the Pure Stock division. He started on the pole and took the lead at the green flag, but was challenged several times by last year’s track champion Jason Englund. Yet Stanley held on to the lead to capture his the first-place finish. In the main event, he started sixth in the field of 15 cars and finished eighth in the main event.
Nevada City’s Dan Brown Jr. continued his dominant run through the Pro Stock season, by winning the main event for the sixth time in seven starts.
After winning his heat race with a strong finish with a late pass, Brown held off Auburn’s Jeff Arbogast, who currently sits 22 points behind Brown in the driver’s standings, for the win in the main event.
On lap two in turn one, as Dan hit his brake to set for the turn Arbogast ran into the back of him and then down the side of him knocking him off his line as Arbogast went by to take the lead leaving Brown Jr. with much cosmetic damage but no mechanical trouble. On lap 12, in turn 3 and 4, with Arbogast continuing to run the high side, Brown Jr. drove his car down low in the corner and it stuck for the lead coming out of turn four for the victory.
Colfax’s Colby Wiesz was the night’s big winner in the Pacific Sprints division, winning the main event after finishing third in his heat race.
Wiesz leads the season standings with 284 points, ahead of the 251 totaled by second-place driver Scott Russell of Placerville.
Silver Dollar Speedway
Three area drivers had strong showings Saturday at the Golden State Challenge, King of California Series at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.
Auburn’s Andy Forsberg finished 18th in the A feature, after taking fifth in the B Feature. Mark Hall of Grass Valley was ninth in the B feature, after taking seventh place in his heat race. Pat Harvey Jr., also of Grass Valley, took fifth place in the C feature, following his eighth-place finish in his heat race.
Friday night’s action at Silver Dollar Speedway including a trio of top finishes from area drivers in the Wingless Sprints division, with Mason Myers of Browns Valley taking third place in the A feature. Myers also won his heat race, heading into the main event.
Billy Wallace of Grass Valley took 12th in the A feature and finished fourth in his heat, while Cody Myers, also of Browns Valley, finished 15th in the A feature and fourth in his heat race.
Marysville Raceway Park
Grass Valley’s Brett Youngman took sixth place in the Wingless Sprints main event Saturday at Marysville Raceway Park.
Youngman, who has totaled 280 points this season, currently is fourth in the drivers point standings. John Anderson of Sacramento leads the way with 300 points.
Have we missed anyone? If you know of a driver with local ties, please contact Brian Hamilton via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 477-4240.
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